UPennAlert Public Safety Notice  

Civil Unrest


UPennAlert Public Safety Notice

Civil Unrest

At approximately 8:47 pm on Monday, October 26th, a large group of approximately 150 protestors gathered at 52nd & Locust Streets, and marched through West Philadelphia. At approximately 9:15 pm, approximately 50 individuals broke off from that group and marched to 40th and Chestnut Streets, breaking windows of businesses and vehicles in the area. The group then left the area, heading west on Walnut Street, out of the Penn Patrol Zone.


Penn Police continue to monitor the activity in conjunction with Philadelphia Police. Penn Police and Allied have increased patrols in the area.

Update 9:56pm: All clear in the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.

Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street.

Update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street.

Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street.  There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid area.

Additional police and security officers are in the area. For your safety, please ensure you lock your windows and doors.

The Division of Public Safety will continue to provide special checks throughout the Penn patrol zone, to register or learn more, visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/contact/propertycheck/

Please be sure to use the Walking Escorts and Riding Escorts available to you free of charge.

Additionally, if you have not done so, please take a moment to sign up for the UPennAlert Emergency Notification System as well as the Penn Guardian System which can help Police better find your location in an emergency.

UPennAlert Registration: Visit: www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/upennalert for information on how to register.

Penn Guardian: Visit: https://www.publicsafety.upenn.edu/safety-initiatives/pennguardian/ for information on the PennGuardian system.

Contact Information: Emergencies: 215/573-3333 or 511 (from any campus phone)

Help Line: 215-898-HELP (4357)

Special Services: 215/898-6600

Escort Services: Walking 215/898-WALK (9255)

Penn Transit Ride Service 215/898-RIDE (7433)

General Information: 215/898-7297

  • Posted on October 26, 2020 at 9:25PM
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Public Notice: Steam Line Venting continues on 2/4/16

The University of Pennsylvania Division of Facilities and Real Estate Services will conduct steam line venting as part of the Module 7 Utility Plant Upgrade at University Avenue and River Fields Drive.  This venting is necessary to clean out new steam piping prior to energizing newly installed steam turbines.

Venting will occur at various intervals over a two-day period starting on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 through Wednesday, February 3, 2016, between the hours of 7:00 PM and 11:00 PM. Extra night added: Thursday, February 4th, 2016 from 7pm – 11pm.

Venting will consist of a series of approximately five steam releases into the air from the new steam piping, which will create a high white columnar-like cloud of vaporized water which may look like smoke as it condenses into the cool air.

There will be corresponding loud sounds similar to a jet engine.  Each duration of venting will be approximately 30 seconds to two minutes.

Venting will occur at Module 7, but it will be visible and able to be heard from adjacent properties.

If you have an emergency concern related to this event please call the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Safety at 215-573-3333.

DATE: Tuesday, February 2; Wednesday, February 3, 2016; and Thursday, February 4, 2016
TIME: 7:00pm-11:00pm
LOCATION: Module 7 Utility Plant at University Avenue and River Fields Drive

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